Chippenham Harriers’ Committee members are elected at the club’s annual general meeting.
The Committee meets several times per year to manage club affairs such as deciding on Club Championship events, organising club races, arranging social events, training and coaching matters and membership fees.
Join Us!If you are interested in joining the Committee, please speak with one of the members. If you wish to view meeting minutes, please ask Club Chairperson Chris Oakley or one of the other Committee members.
Chris Oakley | Chairperson
Chris has always had a keen interest in sport and since joining the Chippenham Harriers has gone on to become a qualified Leader in Running Fitness. Alongside running, he also regularly cycles and swims and is aiming to give triathlon a go next. Chris also holds a circuit training qualification with British Military Fitness and a first aid qualification with the British Association of Ski Patrollers.
Adrian Sweetman | Secretary
Adrian joined Chippenham Harriers in late 2012 after running the Bristol Half Marathon for charity and needing some motivation to keep going. Since then he has been a regular at the Friday pack run and WRRL races. Though some days finding running a hard slog, it’s much easier with the encouragement of fellow club members. Adrian volunteered to join the committee as he has found the support and friendship of the members a great help both in terms of running and life in general and it was time to ‘give something back’.
Richard Flesher | Treasurer
Richard stated to run on and off in 2013 with no consistency, then completed a solo Couch to 5k programme. He continued to increase the distance up to half marathon, by which time running had become a hobby. Richard gain a ballot entry into the London Marathon in 2017, was persuaded to join the Harriers by his now-wife and he has never looked back. Richard’s running has gone from strength to strength and has benefitted massively from the experience of club members and qualified running coaches. He is continuing to improve on his marathon PB and is also looking to give triathlons a go in the near future.
Nicola James | Membership Secretary
Nicola took up running as a hobby at 35, with her first event a Race for Life 5k. She soon progressed onto 10k races and did her first half marathon in Chippenham in 2008. She completed her first marathon in 2015 and aspires to run the London Marathon. Nicola recently branched out into triathlon for cross-training and regularly runs and volunteers at Chippenham parkrun. Juggling the above with being a mother and a teacher, Nicola finds running and triathlon give her a social life and keep her sane!
Kelly Wariner | Communications Officer
After joining the Chippenham Harriers Youth in 2008, Kelly later progressed to the Chippenham Harriers where she qualified as a Leader in Running Fitness. Since then she has been actively involved in Friday night pack runs and the Beginners programme. She then returned to the Youth as a volunteer and qualified as a Coaching Assistant, and now helps coach the Youth on a weekly basis. Kelly has found running to be the perfect way to challenge herself. She has run several marathons and half marathons, and has a particular love for mud runs and obstacle course races.
Liz Barnett | Welfare Officer
Liz has been running with Chippenham Harriers since 2013, having originally started by taking part in our Beginners course. She has since gone from strength to strength and completed her first marathon in 2015. Liz is a qualified Leader in Running Fitness and regularly leads Friday-night pack runs.
Rachel Beek | Social Secretary
Rachel joined the Harriers after completing the club’s Beginners course in 2014. Since that time she has completed a number of half marathons and is currently training for her first marathon. Rachel has forged many new friendships and made some great memories whilst being part of the Harriers, and has now joined the Committee to further contribute towards its running.
Amy Breward | Committee Member
Amy started running through our Beginners’ course in September 2012 and ran her first 5k in November 2012. Joining the Harriers led her to form new friendships and even meet her partner. Over time she has challenged herself to run 10k races and the Reading Half Marathon 2015. Currently unable to run due to injury, Amy wanted to give something back by joining the Committee and is responsible for organising events such as the annual Harriers Christmas Party and Awards Presentation.
Rohaise Des Voeux | Committee Member
Rohaise started running with the Harriers Beginners programme in 2011 and discovered just how much she enjoyed it. Since then she has gone on to qualify as a Leader in Running Fitness, a Coaching Assistant and is now an Athletics Coach. She is actively involved in the club, both with the Beginners Programme and helping coach the Harriers Youth. Rohaise is particularly fond of road running, especially half marathons, and enjoys taking part in the Wiltshire Road Race League. She is currently the Harriers Ladies Road Captain.
Paul Wilcock | Committee Member
A new member of our committee.
Valerie Light | Youth Chair
Valerie is a UKA qualified Athletics Coach with Chippenham Harriers Youth, having previously completed the Leader in Running Fitness and Coaching Assistant courses. She is the Youth section Chairperson and coaches the Youth on Wednesday evenings. She regularly runs at parkrun and is part of the Chippenham parkrun and junior parkrun core teams. Other sporting interests include orienteering and cycling. Valerie is a qualified Level 1 Breeze cycle leader, encouraging women to get cycling.